Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources protects, enhances, and preserves natural, cultural, and recreational resources for Indiana residents.  This extends to reclaiming former mining areas, evaluating the impact of land development on waterways and wildlife, and sustaining gaming areas.  DNR is also a leader in environmental education.


Role Overview:

The Natural Resources Project Manager administers projects for the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) program which reclaims land formerly used for coal mining.  You will serve as site investigator and work with the Engineering department to remediate safety hazards and environmentally degrading conditions.


A Day in the Life:

The essential duties of this position are:

  • Manages assigned reclamation projects
  • Coordinates with the Engineering Supervisor to manage and monitor project design progress
  • Ensures AML Program compliance with all state and federal environmental rules and regulations
  • Prepares required NEPA documents in order to receive Authorization to Proceed from the federal oversight agency
  • Determines applicability and prepares and submits all required environmental permits including NPDES, CWA Section 401 & 404, Construction in a Floodway, Underground Injection, etc, and ensures compliance with permit requirements
  • Conducts endangered species reviews and coordinates any mitigation as necessary
  • Conducts intra and inter-agency reviews of program activities and ensures compliance
  • Collects, manages, and analyzes water samples for the AML program
  • Investigates, identifies, and reports on hazardous waste on abandoned mine land projects to ensure compliance with state and federal hazardous waste laws
  • Serves as primary public contact for the AML program, responding to public complaints and concerns about mining related problems within the coal region
  • Conducts timely and comprehensive investigations that accurately record the existing conditions and refers sites to appropriate program areas (Emergency Program, Project Management, etc.)
  • Works closely with the Emergency Coordinator to ensure rapid response to potential public hazards
  •  Gathers mining history information and prepares documents for legal eligibility determination
  • Coordinates all aspects of program with federal oversight agency as needed
  • Responds to inquiries, comments and/or questions from citizens, environmental groups, attorneys, technical reviewers, federal, state and local agencies

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You’ll Need for Success:
  • Knowledge and skill acquired through a Baccalaureate degree or related experience in natural, physical, biological, or environmental, or civil engineering
  • Thorough knowledge of principles of engineering, construction technology, agronomy, forestry, coal mining, geology and hydrology
  • Working knowledge of state and federal laws regulating restoration and the health and safety requirements for active construction areas and environmental hazards
  • Broad knowledge of environmental protection principles, practices, theories, and regulations
  • Specialized knowledge of passive treatment wetland systems, surface and groundwater chemistry, and of applicable laws and regulations
  • Broad knowledge of engineering, agronomy, biology, forestry, geology, and hydrology principles as they relate to the program area
  • Familiarity with sample analysis and interpretation as it relates to program area
  • Understanding of health, safety and environmental problems created by past surface and underground coal mining
  • Working knowledge of reclamation techniques
  • Ability to interpret engineering plans and specifications and apply to field conditions
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively both orally and in writing and create professional quality reports and publications
  • Ability to deal with the public, perform in a professional manner, and make sound recommendations under stressful conditions
  • Knowledge and expertise in GIS software, including:
    • An understanding of relational database concepts and skills utilized in creating, maintaining, and linking them with GIS
    • Thorough knowledge of Federal and State GIS standards, map projections and datum
    • Experience using ArcGIS online and the collector mobile app
    • Specialized Knowledge of digital imaging software and manipulation techniques
  • Ability to organize quantitative information, including financial and scientific data
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license to complete assigned duties and responsibilities

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access 


This position traditionally starts at $42,692 – $46,961 per year and may be commensurate with education and experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.